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Predicted Chelsea XI to face Porto – Antonio Rudiger decision made as Olivier Giroud starts
Chelsea’s preparation for tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto has been far from ideal.
The Blues were stunned at the weekend against West Bromwich Albion, losing 5-2 at Stamford Bridge. A result which brought to an end the unbeaten run under Thomas tuchel.
Following their Round of 16 win over Atletico Madrid, Chelsea are back in Champions League action when they face Portuguese side, FC Porto.
Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson secured a 3-0 aggregate win for Thomas Tuchel’s side in their last Champions League outing.
On paper, the Blues have a favourable draw. However, Porto can not be overlooked as they are certainly capable of anything.
Porto, they are on a tear at the moment. Sérgio Conceição’s side earned their spot in the Quarter-Finals after knocking Italian giants Juventus out.
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Giroud, Mount, Havertz
Antonio Rudiger was rested in the Blues’ last game. It is expected that the central defender will reclaim his spot in the starting eleven.
Despite the return of Thiago Silva, Tuchel may opt with Andreas Christensen against Porto. The Danish defender has been in fine form as of late.
With N’Golo Kante confirmed to start on the bench, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are most likely to partner up in midfield.
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